Peach-faced Lovebird

Origin: South-western AfricaPeach-faced Lovebird Breed

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Psittaculidae (Parrots)

Subfamily: Agapornithinae

Genus: Agapornis

Species: A. Roseicollis

Size: Small

Weight: Around 50g

Height: 6 – ­ 7in / 17 – ­ 18 cm

Wingspan: 8 – ­ 9 in / 21 ­ – 22 cm

Appearance: Peach­-faced Lovebirds are mainly green, with a blue rump, a pink face and throat, and darker pink on the forehead and around the eyes. They have a horn-coloured beak and grey legs. The eyes are brown. The males and females have identical pigmentation.

Procreation: In the wild Peach­-faced Lovebirds are extremely social, they congregate in small groups, and need the company of their own species and a mate. They build their nests in rock crevices together with other birds of their kind preferring a communal nesting site. The female lays 4­-6 eggs, usually during April and incubates them for a period of about 3 to 4 weeks.

Temperament: In the wild and as pets, Peach-­faced Lovebirds are very social animals, attractive and very friendly. They’re affectionate towards their owners as well as each other. They are curious, very energetic, playful, like games, love to sing and hang from their perches. The females can be more temperamental than the males. In the wild, Lovebirds are known for their unusual sleeping position – ­ they sit side­-by­-side with faces turned in towards each other, a ‘loving’ pose that’s one of the reasons for their name.

Talkativeness: If you want a talking bird, a Peach-­faced Lovebird may be not the right choice. For funny tricks and a loving personality, there is not a better pet. Peach­-faced Lovebirds are relatively quiet, but some can be trained to imitate human sounds.

Environment: Like most small birds, Peach­-faced Lovebirds are suitable even to apartment living. Their lovely calls and soft songs make them preferred pet birds for people with limited space and close neighbours. It is important to provide them with a hanging bed or hut, some toys and a large cage, as they love to play. They can live with a mate, but will socialise more with their owners when kept singly.

Preferred Food: Mostly seeds and berries.

Relationship with People: When socialised from a young age as a family pet, the Peach­-faced Lovebird will become a great friend to all family members. For this reason it’s best to buy a young bird, because it’s easier to tame, especially if you hand feed it. Peach­faced Lovebirds love to learn funny tricks and show off their cleverness.

Common Health Problems: Vitamin A and calcium deficiency, arthritis and fatty liver disease.

Lifespan: Up to 20 years.